GOP congressman introduces bill to withdraw US from the United Nations

UPDATE — 1/26, 10:21 a.m. EST: The New York Times is reporting that anonymous White House officials have indicated President Trump will sign executive orders to reduce U.S. participation in the UN, other multi-nation governing bodies and withdraw from international treaties.

 

Once described disdainfully by then-President-elect Donald Trump as having potential but reduced to being a “club for people to get together, talk and have a good time,” Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) has introduced a measure to sever American ties to the United Nations.

Rogers, who has called for the U.S. withdrawal from the UN over his concern the world body does not serve U.S. interests, introduced the American Sovereignty Restoration Act of 2017 on Jan. 3.

Rogers’ bill has earned the support of six co-sponsors, including:  Walter Jones (R-N.C.), Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), Jason Smith (R-Mo.), Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), John Duncan Jr. (R-Tenn.), and Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.).

Under Rogers’ proposal to “terminate” America’s 72-year relationship with the global legislative assembly, the U.S. would repeal United Nations Participation Act of 1945, which empowered U.S. membership in the UN.

Similarly, Rogers bill would break bonds with the World Health Organization (WHO); eliminate any U.S. obligation to disaster relief or humanitarian aid to UN-member countries; and end all U.S. participation in peace-keeping operations overseen by the UN.

In one of the harsher amendments, Rogers’ proposal is demands the UN remove its headquarters from the banks of the East River in Manhattan and leave American soil altogether. 

Although Rogers and the bill’s remaining co-sponsors declined to comment on the introduction of their motion, Arizona’s Andrew Biggs warned “our sovereignty as a country is harmed by our membership in this body and released a statement which read:

“We need to take a long look at our relationship with the United Nations to ensure that American interests are protected first and foremost.  I’m grateful to Congressman Mike Rogers for introducing this legislation.”

According to RT America, less than half of the $8 billion per year in UN funding from the U.S. goes to the body’s sponsored peacekeeping missions.

 

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